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The Art Trail is a numbered window exhibition taking place in Clifden Town as part of Clifden Arts Festival. Start at Market Square, going downthe right-hand side of Market Street, then head towards the Clifden Station House Courtyard and then back onto the Galway Road. Turn left onto Bridge Street heading towards Market Street again. On Market Street, keepto your right-hand side, heading towards Main Street and coming back again to Market Square. The Art Trail runs from 17th - 25th September. Market Square and Market Street All Things Connemara Yvonne KingThe Bike Shop Janet MercerHehirs of Clifden Manon West Clifden Station House Courtyard Oh by Gum Richard WardOh by Gum Michael HarrisSteam Doris

Presenter: Mary RuddyMorning Schedule11.00 – 12.00: Lecture by Hugh Duffy ‘Diary of a Nobody’ (recorded in the Station HouseTheatre, Thursday 17 September) Evening Schedule17.00: Part 1 of a series of short radio documentaries by Michael Gannon called ‘In My OwnWords’17.20: Interview with Janet O’Toole, Chairperson of Connemara Community Radio17.30: Interview with Judy Murphy, Arts Correspondent with the Connacht Tribune18.00 – 19.00 Poetry with Patrick Deeley and Catherine MacCarthy (recorded in the Churchof Ireland on Thursday 17 September)19.00 – 20.00: Injury Time, sports programme from Connemara Community Radio20.10 – 21.00: American Country, with Tomas Little, from Connemara Community Radio

Don’t miss out on Clifden Arts Festival events in 2020 Tune in to Connemara Community Radio on 87.8 or 106.1 FM on your FM radio dialorvisit the website www.connemarafm.com/listenorcopy this link into your browser: http://makeavoice.com/jwplayer/icecastplayer.php?ip=78.129.196.32&port=21000orcopy this link on your PC:https://tunein.com/radio/Connemara-Community-Radio-878-s1327/

Clifden Arts Festival has commissioned three shorts by local videographer Barry Ryan. These films represent the importance of community Arts endeavours from young musicians, teachers and mentors to the profound power of the visual arts that pulses through the local Connemara Community. These shorts will available on the Festival's Channel on the lead up to the Festival. CommunityBrendan Flynn, Founder of the Clifden Arts Festival, speaks on this year’s Festival and what it means to the local community. MusicConnemara based musician and teacher Marie Walsh with local musicians and students gather at Derrigimlagh Bog to fill the air with music. A Tune for John G A collaboration video featuring over 20 Well Known

Cancelled Events The following events have been canceled due to COVID-19 Restrictions. Imramh - LuXe artistic happenings 18th September 'The Artist “Paint-In” at Clifden Arts Festival' Event Changes 18th September Duchas concert is now at 2pm and venue is changed to Station House Theatre 20th September John Feely concert is now at 3pm 22nd Spirorbis book launch is now on the 22nd but will be broadcast on Connemarafm on 23rd September

Dear Friends, We are proud to be able to finally announce who will be appearing at the 43rd Clifden Arts Festival this year. The Festival will run from September 17th-22th. This year all Tickets can only be bought online at clifdenartsfestival.ie. They will not be available at the box office. Ensure you book your tickets in advance of the performance or event, as seating capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. No patrons can be admitted without a valid ticket. Some of the highlights include:- Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney- Finghin Collins- Zoe Conway, Donal Lunny, and Mairtin O Connor- Sean Keane- Druid Theatre Company

From everyone here at Clifden Arts Festival Thank you to everyone who came out to Clifden for the 2019 Festival. Thanks to our old friends and all the new ones we made this year. Thanks to all the amazing artists, musicians, writers, speakers, and so many more. Thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the Festival possible. Thanks again for another great year! We had such an amazing time at this year's 2019 Clifden Arts Festival that we can't wait for the next one and are already looking forward to it. Our days will be 17-27 September 2020. So make your plans now! Be sure to stay tuned

There have been a few updates to the programme that were not available at time of printing. The Online events programme has been updated but the following changes were made to the programme and are not reflected in the printed version. EXPLORING 6000 YEARS OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY OF JOYCE COUNTRY CONNEMARA. is now scheduled for Wednesday 25th September at 9:30 in the Omey Suite. Music Network Presents Nell NíChróinín, Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, and Josephine Marsh. is now scheduled for Monday 23rd September at 10 pm. Cherish the Ladies is now scheduled for Thursday 26th September 8pm in the West Connemara Leisure Centre. RTE Concert Orchestra is now scheduled for

Bill Whelan, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and special guests - 22nd September - 8:00 pm - Station House TheatreThis unique evening is an opportunity to experience the majestic musical gifts of Bill Whelan and Colm Mac Con Iomaire in an intimate setting.Paul Noonan - 21st September - 9:00 pm - Station House TheatrePaul Noonan, Multi-instrumentalist and much-loved frontman of Bell X1, is bringing his solo show to Clifden. He will be performing a selection of hits from his band's catalogue.RTE Concert Orchestra - 27th September - 7:00 pm - West Connemara Leisure CentreZoë Conway and John McIntyre are ‘simply one of the